The European health service ECDC reports that the wave of infection is probably due to ready-to-eat chicken or fresh chicken meat, for example in sandwiches and wraps. Most infected people said during the source investigation that they had eaten chicken sandwiches a few days before. The source is said to be a meat processor in Estonia.
81 salmonella infections have been identified in the United Kingdom. At least 42 cases have been reported in Finland, but there are also 47 possible infections, so the total number can reach 89. People have also fallen ill in Germany, France, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Estonia and Israel.
Earlier this year there was a salmonella outbreak due to children’s chocolate. As a result, more than 400 people fell ill, mainly children under the age of 10.
Salmonella is a bacteria that can be found in foodstuffs, such as meat and dairy. If people contract an infection with it, the complaints are usually mild, but an intestinal infection can be more serious in the elderly and young children.